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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Age Group Classifications?

The following age groups shall be in effect for athletes for the 2021-22 season.

  • 18 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2003 or were high school students in the 12th grade or below during the current academic year and are 19 years of age or younger (born on or after July 1, 2002).
  • 16 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2005. (Cannot turn 17 before July 1st, 2022).
  • 14 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2007. (Cannot turn 15 before July 1st, 2022).
  • 13 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2008. (Cannot turn 14 before July 1st, 2022).
  • 12 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2009. (Cannot turn 13 before July 1st, 2022).
  • 11 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2010. (Cannot turn 12 before July 1st, 2022).
  • 10 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2011. (Cannot turn 11 before July 1st, 2022).

Why play club volleyball?

  • To learn more about the sport of volleyball from experienced coaches
  • Improve your individual and team skills
  • Continue to play at a competitive level after school season
  • Showcase your abilities to college recruiters
  • Prepare yourself to make a school team the next season
  • Work with Experienced and Talented coaches
  • Extensive practice
  • Build Purposeful friendships
  • Experience a wide range of competition
  • You love volleyball and have a great time playing!

Can you give me more info about Tryouts?

When are tryouts?

A full tryout  schedule for the 2022 club season has not been set yet.  The first day of tryouts has been set for November 14th.  

Check back later for more info and make sure to follow us on social media for updates!  

 

Click here to go to the tryout page.  All age groups will have 4-5 tryout sessions.  Girls should try to be at as many tryouts as possible (if not all) to receive a fair evaluation and be able to show the best representation of their abilities.

Can you give me more information about tryouts?

  • Players are expected to be at all tryout dates and times. If a conflict arises for other commitments, please let the age group coaches know before the missed day.
  • All players will be expected to preregister through our website before she can tryout. This will include the initial payment of $350 which represents the first payment.  All other payments will depend on the team each girl is placed on.  Payment will be made online.
     
  • NOTE:  All registration payments must be processed BEFORE tryouts begin.  Any athletes whose payments have not been received by COA Volleyball prior to Tryouts will be asked to submit payment during tryout sign-in before being eligible to participate in tryouts.
  • All players will be expected to complete their annual registration with AAU ($14) BEFORE she can tryout (for insurance purposes).   It is important when you register that you enter the CLUB CODE unique to our club:   CLUB CODE:   WYBYCA
  • All girls are expected to tryout in their own age group. The easiest way to determine your age group is asking, "How old will I be on July 1, 2022?"  If you answer '13', then you will tryout as a 13--even if you are 12 right now as tryouts begin.
  • Please come dressed and ready  for tryouts.  Each girl will receive one tryout shirt to be put on before tryouts begin .  Shirts will be distributed at check-in.
  • Please arrive early for tryouts. The check-in process should be quick, but we expect large numbers in some age groups.  We will have a staff and volunteers ready to assist as you arrive.
  • All players will be expected to be fitted for uniforms on the first day of try-outs. Be prepared that you may be at the tryout site a little over the scheduled time to be properly fitted for uniforms.
  • Upon completion of tryouts, all girls will be called.  There may be cuts in certain age groups if numbers are large.  Our goal will be to place all girls on teams, but it may not work out that way in certain situations.  If a girl is cut, a full refund will be given.

What other expenses are there besides the club fees?

  • Each player/parent is responsible first to make club payments on time.  The amount will vary depending on the team and level of play.
  • Club fees will include tourney entry costs, insurance, coach's travel cost, coach's salary, uniform package, use of facilities, practice/tryout shirt, administrative fees, and equipment fees.
  • Not included in club costs will be AAU membership ($14), USAV membership (if necessary), and player/family travel expenses. Players and family members may also want to purchase additional COA fan gear. Player/family travel expenses will vary greatly depending on the age and level of team.  Families can plan carefully to cut costs as needed.

When will practices begin and what is a typical week during club season?

  • Practices will begin right after tryouts; the week of November 30th.  Practice schedules will be posted for December in late November. December practices will be 2-3 per week and end on December 20th. 
  • After Christmas break, all teams will resume practices.
  • Once practices begin in January, practices will be 2-3 times per week depending on the age and level of team.
  • All monthly practice schedules will be posted on  this website. 

How are practices designed and prepared for the players?

  • COA will continue modeling the formula that has made Mintonette VBC out of Columbus, OH a national power--'TIER  Practices'.  In other words, teams will be placed in groups that may shift from practice to practice. In these 'tiers' one veteran coach  is responsible for developing the practice plan for all the teams in the Tier (group) for that practice.  All coaches within that Tier will be expected to provide feedback to all girls in the gym.  This will create a community feel program and create cohesion for all of the players--trained in the same manner.
  • Club teams will have practices, at times, with just their team to work on the line-up, team needs, and concentrate on rotation weaknesses and defensive systems.
  • Positional sessions will be developed as well. These sessions may be built into part of the tier training as the season progresses.

During the tryout process, how are teams formed and girls evaluated?

  • Athleticism--Players will go through athletic testing.
  • By position--girls will be looked at by need at positions. The older the team and higher the skill level, the more important the skill at positions is necessary.
  • By school--once in high school, all Indiana girls are limited to 3 from the same school on the same team. This is an Indiana (IHSAA) rule that we must follow.  Illinois does not have this rule.
  • Coordination--all players that have/are multi-sport athletes will have advantages during tryouts because their coordination has been further developed.
  • Potential development--depending on the team and age, girls may be evaluated by the potential growth ('ceiling'). In other words, each girl may be evaluated on how good she may be by the end of club season--not necessarily what she can/cannot do during tryouts.
  • Experience/skill--It is important to have skill going into tryouts; especially at the older ages into high school.  To make competitive teams, skill will be very important in determining team placement. For younger ages (8-11s),  we understand many will be beginners so we take that factor in to account to be fair.
  • Effort--simply put, how hard does the girl play and does she play with purpose?

What are my total cost for club dues?  ...it depends on the team each player is placed on. 

Projected 2022 COA VBC Payment Fee Schedule (for reference only - 2022 fees have not been approved by board of directors yet)
Team 1st pay-Nov. 15 Jan. 2 Feb. 2 Mar. 2 Apr. 2 May 2 TOTAL
18-1  (National) $350 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $1850
18-2  (National) $350 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300

$1850

16-1  (National)

$350 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $1850
16-2   (National) $350 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $1850
16-3   (Regional) $350 $300 $300 $300     $1250
16-4 (Regional) $350 $250 $250       $850
15-1 (National) $350 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $1850
14-1  (National) $350 $290 $290 $290 $290 $290 $1800
14-2  (National) $350 $255 $255 $255 $255 $255 $1625
14-3  (Regional) $350 $270 $270 $270     $1160
13-1   (National) $350 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $1600
13-2   (Regional) $350 $250 $250 $250     $1100
13-3 (Regional) $350 $250 $250       $850
12-1   (National) $350 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $1600
12-2   (Regional) $350 $250 $250 $250     $1100
12-3   (Regional) $350 $250 $250       $850
11-1   (National) $350 $225 $225 $225 $225 $225 $1475
10-1   (Regional) $350 $250 $250       $850
10-11 Training (Local) $350 $50         $400

 

What are the expectations for Parents/Players Once Selected for a Team?

Player Expectations:

1. Try to be at practices/tourneys at the expected time.

2. Display good sportsmanship and respect for all. Period.

3. Be positive towards your teammates, the coaches, parents, officials, and support staff.

4. Prepare oneself before all competition, both mentally and physically. Rely on coaches, parents, and teammates when you need them. We are all family.

5. Be open with your coach on schedule conflicts, frustrations, and when you do not understand something.  Try to take ownership of these discussions yourself, rather than relying on parent intervention.  This will help your personal growth and development and better prepare you for the future.

6. Be careful of what you post on ALL social media posts; or texts.  (see social media policy for more info)

7. Players are expected to give full effort, both mentally and physically, at all practices and tourneys.  Improvement is not always easy.  It is a challenge all COA players must face. Welcome adversity when it comes your way; it builds great character for your future!

8.  Clean up after yourselves, both at practices and and tournaments. Don't leave water bottles, food wrappers, or clothing/gear for someone else to take care of.  Be responsible for your own stuff!

9.  All players are expected to take their turn line judging, down-reffing, keeping the books/score, etc. during tournaments.  Be a good team mate, and improve your depth of knowledge of volleyball at the same time!

 

Parent Tourney expectations:

1. Try to be on time based on when the coach wants the girls at the playing site.

2. Stay positive at tourneys. Be a supportive parent for your daughter and the team.  Avoid the negatives towards the players, the team, and the coach.  Do not yell or argue with Refs or the working ref team.

3. Playing time is up to the coach.  All players should see playing time each day of tourney, but it does not have to be equal. Parents need to understand this. There are many factors in determining where and how much each girl plays.

4. Parents are to use the '24 hour' policy for discussing any issues over the coaches' decisions at tourneys.  This policy allows time for emotions to decrease before a discussion can happen.  Parents are not to question or challenge a coach in any way during a tourney or at the tourney site.

5. Parents need to communicate with the coach ahead of time if she cannot attend a tourney for other commitments. Coaches will need time to adjust the team based on an absence.

6. Understand that if your daughter's team is reffing, the entire team is expected to stay for the working match whether your daughter is actually working or not.  All teammates need to stay for each other to be fair.

Crossroads Of America Volleyball Partners and Affiliates

Interested in becoming a sponsor of Crossroads Of America Volleyball? 

Sponsored by Adidas Apparel

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Adidas Apparel will supply COA volleyball players and coaches with footwear, apparel, uniforms, and accessories through the 2022 club season!  Thanks Adidas!

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Ironhorse Steel Detailing

Thanks to Ironhorse detailing for their generous sponsorship and support of youth volleyball in the Wabash Valley!  Call them for all your steel detailing needs! 812-939-3300.

Sponsored by Timberland Lumber Company

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Thanks to our friends at Timberland Lumber Company for all of your support!  Go see them for your residential and commercial building product needs!

Sponsored by Old National Bank

Old National Bank

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Thanks to our friends at Old National Bank for their support of COA Volleyball Club!

Sponsored by Terre Haute Convention & Visitors Bureau

Terre Haute Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Thanks to the Terre Haute Convention Center and Visitor's Bureau for granting COA volleyball club an award to assist us in bringing travel volleyball tournaments to the Wabash Valley. 

Sponsored by Crane Credit Union

Crane Credit Union

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Thanks to Crane Credit Union for your sponsorship of our club.  Make sure to check them out for your upcoming banking needs!

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Want to participate in your local community? Become a  sponsor for Crossroads Of America Volleyball and support youth in your area.
 

Ali Fell

Ali Fell

Fundraising Director

Phone: 812-243-8356